December 23

God Overrides Evil
(Joseph Saved His Family)

Genesis 42-46; 50

Preschool

Bible Story Summary:

  • Joseph’s brothers went to Egypt and asked Joseph for food.

  • Joseph told his brothers who he was.

  • Joseph forgave his brothers and gave his family food.

  • God used Joseph to save His people.

Key Passage:
Hosea 13:4b

Christ Connection:
Joseph’s brothers hurt Joseph, but God had a good plan. God used Joseph’s hurt to save His people from hunger. One day, people would hurt God’s Son, Jesus. God’s good plan was to use Jesus’ death to save His people from sin.

Big Picture Question:
Is there anything God cannot do? God can do all things.

Story Point:
God used Joseph to save His people.

Big Ideas:

  • Joseph’s brothers hurt him, but God had a good plan.

  • God took care of Joseph’s family.

  • God sent His Son, Jesus, to rescue us.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Share about a time you forgave someone or someone forgave you.

  • How did God use Jospeh’s hurt to save His people from hunger?

  • Whose hurt did God use to save people from sin?

Family Activities:

  • Pray for someone your family knows who has been hurt. Ask God to use his or her hurt for good.

  • Talk about what it would be like to not have enough food. Gather food to donate to a food pantry, or volunteer at a soup kitchen.


Younger Kids

Bible Story Summary:

  • A great famine came, just as Joseph predicted from Pharaoh’s dream.

  • Jacob sent his sons to Egypt to get food.

  • Joseph forgave his brothers and revealed that he was their brother.

  • God sent Joseph to Egypt to establish a remnant.

Key Passage:
Hosea 13:4

Story Point:
God sent Joseph to Egypt to establish a remnant.

Big Picture Question:
Is there anything God cannot do? God can do all things according to His character.

Christ Connection:
God had a plan for Joseph’s life. He allowed Joseph to suffer to rescue a whole nation. In a greater way, God planned for Jesus to suffer so that many — people from all nations — would be saved from sin.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Why is it hard to forgive people who have hurt us?

  • Why does God want us to forgive people who hurt us?

  • How does God forgive us for the ways we sin against Him?

Family Activity:
Talk to your kids about the problem of hunger. Remind them that even in the developed world, some people go hungry. Volunteer as a family at a soup kitchen or a food bank.


Older Kids

Key Passage:
Hosea 13:4

Story Point:
God sent Joseph to Egypt to establish a remnant.

Big Picture Question:
Is there anything God cannot do? God can do all things according to His character.

Christ Connection:
God had a plan for Joseph’s life. He allowed Joseph to suffer to rescue a whole nation. In a greater way, God planned for Jesus to suffer so that many — people from all nations — would be saved from sin.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • How did Joseph’s dreams come true?

  • How did God use evil for good?

  • When someone wrongs you, do you choose to forgive or to seek revenge?